Physical activity and population health outcomes

Owen, N., Bauman, A., Brown, W., & Trost, S.G. (2003) Physical activity and population health outcomes. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 6(3), pp. 368-370.

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Abstract

SMA members Neville Owen, Adrian Bauman, Wendy Brown and Stewart Trost have recently been awarded two NHMRC grants for research which will focus on understanding and influencing physical activity to improve population health outcomes. They were awarded under the Capital Building for Population Health scheme and the Program Grants scheme. The total value of the grants is 86.5 million over five years.

The new grants will allow the researchers to conduct rigorous behavioural and epidemiological research which will inform the development of innovative primary and secondary prevention initiatives and determine their effectiveness. This is important, because physical activity is significantly implicated in the prevention and management of established chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some forms of cancer. It also has a key role to play in addressing the growing epidemic of childhood and adult obesity, and in the maintenance of functional well-being with age. However, in recent years, physical activity levels in Australia have declined, indicating that the net sum of all our efforts to encourage physical activity participation require renewed and innovative efforts. The proposed research programs will be based on the researchers' cross-disciplinary backgrounds in exercise physiology, psychology, health promotion and epidemiology, and will be integrated across four main domains:..

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ID Code: 71859
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/S1440-2440(03)80032-4
ISSN: 1878-1861
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 21 May 2014 03:30
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 03:30

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